How to turn off AMBER alerts and other emergency alerts on iPhone and Android

The AMBER Alert system is an excellent tool for locating and recovering kidnapped children in your area. According to the US governmentthe system has helped recover 1,029 children across participating counties – 87 through Wireless Emergency Alerts alone.

However, these alerts will appear on mobile devices — phones, tablets, smartwatches — at any time, even while you’re sleeping. You can disable these AMBER alerts, but this will limit your ability to help authorities recover these kidnapped innocents. This guide shows how to turn off AMBER and other emergency alerts (except Presidential alerts) on your iPhone and Android devices.

How to turn off AMBER alerts on iPhone

AMBER Alerts are categorized as Government Alerts along with Emergency Alerts and Public Safety Alerts. Provided you have a modern iPhone (like iPhone 14) and your carrier is AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon, you should be able to toggle all three on and off.

Step 1: Tap to open Arrangement application.

Step 2: Knock Announcement.

Step 3: Scroll down and tap the button next to it AMBER Alert listed below Government Warning. Repeat these steps to re-enable this feature later as needed or to disable the other two alerts.

How to turn off AMBER alerts on Android

You can find the AMBER Alert interface on Android 12 and 13 devices under the new emergency safety submenu available on modern Android devices.

Step 1: Find it and open it Arrangement app on your phone.

Step 2: Scroll down to Safety and Emergency sub-menu

Step 3: Once there, navigate to Wireless Emergency Alert.

Step 4: From then on, you can switch AMBER Alert off, if you want, please.

Repeat these steps to re-enable this feature later as needed or to disable other alerts.

What is an AMBER alert?

While it’s easy to get rid of annoying alerts and unnecessary notifications, sometimes it’s a good idea to pay attention to what notifications are disabled and why they are enabled. AMBER Alert short for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response, is an alert issued by the US Government to draw attention to missing persons in an area, extreme weather events, or other emergencies.

While disabling this feature can help relieve notification fatigue, you may also see information about topics that are typically the subject of AMBER alerts on Google, Bing, or even Facebook.

One thing to note! Even if you turn off AMBER alerts, you will still receive other emergency alerts on your phone (such as the nationwide test that the FCC and FEMA are conducting on October 4, 2023). To disable this type of alert, you must turn it off Government Warning. On iPhone, you can find it by opening the Settings app, Announcementthen disable the button next to it Government Warning. On your Android phone, search for Wireless emergency alert in the Settings app and disable the main one Allow warnings switch.

You should almost certainly always have emergency alerts on, but if — for some reason — you want or need to disable them, this can help you.

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